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Judge appoints township supervisor

March 31, 1998|By DON AINES

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Richard P. Kramer was appointed Monday to fill a vacancy on the Greene Township Board of Supervisors.

He will have served almost 20 years by the time his term expires at the end of 1999. He served 18 years on the board before retiring at the end of 1995.

Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker chose Kramer to fill the unexpired term of Jack W. Furry, who resigned Jan. 17 after 10 years on the board.

"They were all good candidates," Walker said of the 16 people who applied for the vacancy. The difference, he said, was experience.

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"Mr. Kramer had been elected three times by the residents of the township," Walker said. Last month, when the responsibility of filling the vacancy fell to him, the judge said experience in handling large budgets would be one of the criteria he would look for in the applicants.

"I thought, well, since I worked there before, I'd put in for it to help the township along," said Kramer, 64, of 181 Anthony Highway, Fayetteville. Kramer said he will be a full-time supervisor, assisting with administrative, roadwork and other duties.

Walker made the appointment because supervisors Paul B. Ambrose and Charles D. Jamison Jr., could not agree on a replacement within 30 days of Furry's resignation.

Normally, the job would then fall to the township's vacancy board, which is supposed to be made up of the supervisors and one other resident serving as chairman.

Ambrose and Jamison, however, did not appoint a vacancy board chairman at the beginning of the year.

The township received 15 applications for the position, although Jamison said one was later withdrawn. Walker said two more applications were filed with his office after he announced he was accepting them.

Kramer was Ambrose's original choice to fill the seat. Jamison wanted Edwin E. Harr, 58, of Fayetteville, a retired dormitory manager at the Scotland School for Veterans Children.

"I worked with him before and did not have a problem with it," Jamison said of Kramer's appointment.

"Dick came in today and we talked a little bit. Him working full time, that's great," Jamison said. Last month he said he wanted a supervisor who was willing to work full time.

Ambrose could not be reached for comment Monday.

The differences between Jamison and Ambrose over the appointment were not based on party affiliation, since both are Republicans. Walker said he would appoint a Republican to fill the vacancy since Furry was a Republican.

Both supervisors have said the disagreement over the appointment won't keep them from working together on other issues.

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